queen of the faeries

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Species Aesthetics → Faeries, Fey or Fair Folk

“This is how a faerie loves: with her whole body and soul. This is how a faerie loves: with destruction…This is how a faerie loves: with a gift.”

-Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman

George Frederic Watts (1817-1904)
“Una and the Red Cross Knight” (1860)
Oil on canvas
Symbolism
Located in St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, England

Inspired by Book I from “The Faerie Queene” by Edmund Spenser. In the story the Red Crosse Knight and his lady Una travel together.

Belgard

Noun

(bel-gärd)

1. Obsolete. a loving look.

Origin:
From Italian bel guardo.

“Upon her eyelids many Graces sate, / Under the shadow of her euen browes, / Working belgards, and amorous retrate […].
- Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene